Milwaukee pop-punk outfit Direct Hit are now streaming their new music video for their single “Different Universe”, off their upcoming album “Crown of Nothing.”
You can check out the cinematic new music video below.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 9:34 AM (PST) by KCRaniero
Milwaukee pop-punk outfit Direct Hit are now streaming their new music video for their single “Different Universe”, off their upcoming album “Crown of Nothing.”
You can check out the cinematic new music video below.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:20 AM (PST) by Johnny X
If you’ve found yourself jonesin’ for some new NOFX jams then Fat Mike has some good news for you. He recently posted a video on Instagram of him laying down a new bass track in the studio accompanied with the following comment:
Didn’t have a lot of shows this year, so I wrote 55 NOFX songs. I just wrote number 56 tonite. Wanna hear it? It goes like this…
We’ll of course keep you posted when details start becoming official.
The new album will be the first since 2016’s First Ditch Effort, released via Fat Wreck Chords.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:29 PM (PST) by jaystone
Bad Cop/Bad Cop recently finished a pretty successful run opening a full US tour for Frank Turner. On their way through Chicago, the badass foursome stopped by Mike Felumlee’s house and performed a few songs for Live From The Rock Room. The first of those songs, “Amputations,” is now available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Check it out below!
“Amputations” appears on Bad Cop/Bad Cop’s latest and greatest album, last year’s Warriors (Fat Wreck Chords).
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM (PST) by Fredric Hall
The beer was $9. The crowd was greeted on inaugural day with a horrendous flute cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, complete with straining and crackling high notes. This year’s Riot Fest was a gorgeous, grotesque display of gathering bodies of drunk and fucked-up folks bathed in sweat thanks to an unforgiving sun radiating degrees in the upper 80’s throughout the three-day event.
Our coverage of Day One kicked off with Direct Hit, who played an energetic set, the type where the bassist Steve Murray hops sound so you hope he doesn’t land wrong and break his ankle. The band admitted most of their songs are about drugs. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Oh, and between songs, the singer Nick Woods something about “The Big Bitch.” Towards the end of the set, drummer Danny Walkowiak actually ran from his drum set to the edge of the stage banging his drumsticks along with the clapping crowd before running back to his kit the second the band started back. It’s cliche as hell, but people loved the shit out of it.
Pussy Riot’s set was…interesting. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan. While I do appreciate their political message and my heart goes out to member Pyotr Verzilov, who is recovering after being poisoned(!), the music didn’t quite move me that much. However, I would say their stage performance, consisting of everybody wearing florescent green ski-masks and button-up shirts was a sight to behold. But whatever momentum they was stopped when the group exited the stage and a played an audio recording of someone – who sounded like a robotic female voice – reciting twenty-five points about the one-percent and wealth redistribution. I don’t know how long the recording was, but it felt like forever, trust me. Probably sensing the crowd is restless, the group burst from the backstage, flaying their arms and torsos while the loudspeakers blasted the most Earth-shattering bass ever. That was enough to snap the crowd out of it before ending their set.
Next up for us were The Bombpops. Holy shit, The Bombpops. The name is fitting since this female-fronted LA band were popping bombs of raw, sonic goodness for the hefty sized crowd that afternoon. To give you an idea of their lyrical prowess, they played a song about shitting their pants called “Dear Beer,” a song about traffic called “Brake Lights” and, at one point, they talked about the heat giving them the “pussy sweats”and “sweaty assholes”.
Shifting gears, we got old-school hip-hop trio Digable Planets. Backed up by a live band, the group played the classic debut album “Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space).” Of course they played their hits “Rebirth of Slick (Cool like Dat)” and “Nickle Bag of Funk.” After twenty some-odd years, the trio still had the chemistry that made them popular in the first place. The band were no slouches either , with the bassist just going off on the slap bass solo that make Flea nod his head approvingly.
Atmosphere’s set seemed to complement Digable’s perfectly, with Slug’s dropping bars from a more introspective place. The seminal “God Loves Ugly”and “Fuck You Lucy”were definitely bangers for the large crowd as the sun ended its shift for the day. Slug’s charisma held the crowd’s attention throughout the set, with his words being more sermon and less hype, with gems such as “I wanna have as much fun as you’re having.” He did deviate from the serious by telling the crowd to raise their hands if they ever masturbated and touch take said hand and touch their neighbor with it.
Head below to check out more of our photos from Day One, including shots from Blood People, Lagwagon, Face To Face, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly!
(All photography by Meredith Goldberg. Words by Frederic Hall.)
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 5:06 PM (PST) by Johnny X
On November 16th Israeli punk veterans Useless ID will be releasing a new EP titled “7 Hits From Hell” on Fat Wreck Chords. It will feature 7 new songs in less than 5 minutes. Breaking regular protocol, the label is not streaming a track from the release to accompany the announcement but we’ll keep you posted as soon as some new tuneage hits the interwebs.
Useless ID released their last album, State is Burning in 2016 through Fat.
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 2:50 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Fat Wreck Chords have been hard at work, mining the trenches to uncover all the lost and loved songs from Leftöver Crack’s career. That’s no small task, considering their 20+ years of cranking out some of the most iconic crust/punk/ska ever created. Well, after years of tracking down mislaid tapes, long-out-of-print 7”s, and hidden recordings, they are thrilled to reveal that on November 30th, LEFTÖVER LEFTÖVER CRACK will see the light of day! Packed with 30 tracks of B-sides and rarities, you’ll also enjoy two songs that were previously unreleased on digital. \
LOC will be heading out on an epic tour this November with an incredible lineup. Check out the dates with Negative Approach, Crazy And The Brains, and more, below.
New Jersey punks Night Birds have announced a string of supporting tour dates for their latest album, Roll Credits. They will be hitting every side of the country, including a stop at FEST.
You can view a full list of dates and locations below.
Roll Credits is the first new release for the Night Birds since the 2016 release of Who Killed Mike Hunchback?
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 11:00 AM (PST) by jaystone
Face To Face brought the US tour for their recent Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions) EP to its Boston stop at City Winery last Sunday night. If you missed the abridged backstory behind this latest release, it goes a little something like this: inspired by the positive vibes that came out of the acoustic VIP pre-show sets that they performed on last year’s EconoLive ’17 tour, the pioneering SoCal quartet hit the studio, emerging with new versions of some previously-recorded tracks like “All For Nothing” and “Shame On Me” and “Keep Your Chin Up,” tracks that didn’t normally see the light of day during the band’s normal punk rock set. (And “Disconnected,” a song that the band has seemingly recorded at least once per year since its appearance as their debut single 27 years ago.)
Instead of merely playing the original tracks close to their respective vests and simply re-recording them as straight-forward acoustic tracks, the band opted to strip each song down and re-imagine it in new and sometimes surprising ways: boot-stompers, Lucero-style alt-country jams, sort of Jason Mraz-style adult contemporary-ish ballads, and so on and so forth. The results may be – in this writer’s opinion – mixed, but they may also represent the band’s most “punk rock” effort since their 1999 album Ignorance Is Bliss. And they also make for a pretty fun, occasionally raucous, and enjoyably different type of Face To Face show. With a stripped down set, there’s very little room for error, and that’s magnified in a venue like City Winery with its crystal-clear sound and clear sight lines in spite of its long rows of family-style tables that run the length of the venue perpendicular to the stage. This puts extreme focus on the band’s musicianship; Scott Shiflett has long been known as one of the premier bass players in the scene, and he played with a much smoother groove than the normally in-your-face “lead bass” style we’re accustomed to from him. The setting and the country-ish rock and roll style fit pretty perfectly in Dennis Hill’s lead guitar playing wheelhouse. Danny Thompson, rock-solid behind the drum kit during the band’s normal set was perhaps the hardest-working member of the foursome on this occasion, employing castinets and an electric cajon and a washboard and a variety of other percussion instruments that lent unique flavor to the different tracks that composed the hour-long set. And while frontman Trever Keith has always played guitar in the band, it’s his voice that’s been a large portion of the band’s trademark over the last quarter century, and it had plenty of room to soar and to whip up the occasional singalong (some of them admittedly half-hearted, though that was our fault, not theirs) in the process.
Support on this leg of the Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions) tour run comes from Austin Lucas. The Indiana-based troubadour grew up a punk rock fan in small town America, and has become one of the more hard-working, road-tested members of the country-punk set in the last decade. The City Winery style lends itself well to the solo singer-songwriter, and Lucas, ever the story-teller (and wildly underrated as a guitar player) took full advantage of that. While I’ve never set foot in Indiana, Lucas’ songs paint a picture that’s not unlike the main streets and backroads of New Hampshire where I grew up before moving south, so there is an instant, funny familiarity that makes his work so engaging.
Head below to check out our full photo gallery!
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 3:00 PM (PST) by Johnny X
NYHC legends Sick Of It All are to release their 12th studio album, “Wake The Sleeping Dragon!”, on November 2nd via Century Media. Ahead of the record, the band have released a lyric video for “Inner Vision”, which you can have a listen to below.
Pre-orders are up now.
Fat Wreck Chords has just welcomed NYHC legends Sick Of It All back to the FAT family! On November 2nd, they’ll join forces with Century Media to release their latest opus, Wake The Sleeping Dragon! Fat will be handling the CD and LP in the US, as well as the vinyl in Canada.
SOIA once again teamed up with producer Jerry Farley (Lamb of God/Every Time I Die) and if you missed the premiere of the lead single, “Inner Vision,” check it out here.
Check out what SOIA had to say about returning to FAT, below:
Having a long history with both Century Media and Fat Wreck Chords, and knowing how much they care about us and the music we make, we are psyched about this joint effort! Both labels have been friends and champions of SOIA, on their roster or not.
“Wake The Sleeping Dragon” will be the band’s first new release since 2016’s EP “When The Smoke Clears”.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 1:59 PM (PST) by Johnny X
Here it is, punk fans! Another taste of the upcoming Direct Hit! album “Crown of Nothing.” It comes to us in the form of a music video for their new track “Perfect Black” and you can check it out below.
“Crown Of Nothing” is due out this fall on Fat Wreck Chords and will serve as the band’s first new full-length since 2016’s “Wasted Mind.”
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 11:12 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Give the Night Birds latest concoction a listen below.
This is the first new release for the Night Birds since the 2016 release of Who Killed Mike Hunchback? If you’re a fan of Black Flag or Dead Kennedy’s you’ll enjoy these guys.
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 12:38 PM (PST) by matmoksik
Advertised on the Fat Wreck Chords website as “one of their top 3 live albums to date”, NOFX released their third live album last month.
A brief history: NOFX first released I Heard They Suck Live, a classic for sure, way back in 1995. In 2007, they released They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live. This second one was unique because the band went out of their way not to repeat songs from the first live album, thereby leaving off classics “Bob”, “The ’Brews”, and “Linoleum”. But considering the band had released so much new material since 1995, this was an uncharacteristically classy move for the band. What was not classy was teasing the listener by playing the almighty Decline as an encore only to fade the recording out after just a couple minutes (pisses me off just thinking about it). The band did eventually release a live version of The Decline, though by itself and in DVD and vinyl format only.
In the early stages of this millennium, Fat Wreck Chords launched the Live In A Dive series, subsequently releasing seven volumes between 2001 and 2005 and featuring, among others, Lagwagon, Bracket, and the Subhumans. The Live In A Dive title was shed when NOFX released They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live, though the Mad Caddies 2004 live album had also gone by a different title.
Then a bunch of years passed before the Live In A Dive series was revived with Ribbed – Live In A Dive. As the title suggests, the band plays songs only from their 1991 album, Ribbed. In fact, they play them all, and in order. The band even plays “Brain Constipation”, despite suggesting beforehand that the audience members take a break to go to the bathroom, and calling it “one of our worst songs ever”.
It has actually become commonplace for bands to perform albums in their entireties, and even releasing those concerts commercially; Less Than Jake did this for each of their first five albums. Ribbed – Live In a Dive is a first for NOFX, though.
Going back to “Brain Constipation”, this is a song that I’ve surely listened to dozens of times while listening to the Ribbed album or to NOFX on shuffle, and while it never stood out as a particularly strong song – I’m sure I didn’t even know what it was called before now – nor did it strike me as particularly awful. That’s one of the interesting things about NOFX in concert: they are so NOT rock stars. Their stage demeanor is casual and conversational and filled with self-criticism. I’ve always been fascinated when a band critiques its previous output, as NOFX often does before and after songs, whether panning “Brain Constipation”, or giving themselves passing grades on the final three songs, calling them “all pretty good”.
From their earliest days NOFX has been known for humor, though never really as a musically comedic act, like The Vandals kind of were, and maybe not intentionally, either – how seriously should we take Fat Mike as he sings about bathing on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, that they are “Shower Days”, and that he hates them? Sure, sometimes they cross the line, but in general Fat Mike, El Hefe, and Eric Melvin make me laugh.
Fat Mike also talks down “Food, Sex, and Ewe” as he laughingly reminisces of the days when he thought ska was cool because of Operation Ivy but suggests that he now thinks ska is stupid. Which is too bad because, while most of my favorite NOFX songs are of the fast and hardcore variety, one of the reasons I originally got into NOFX over twenty years ago was because they were often considered a ska-punk band. S&M Airlines has one ska song while Ribbed has two – I say “I Don’t Want You Around” counts – and they continued that practice throughout the decade. “Food, Sex, and Ewe” is not a bad song.
“I Don’t Want You Around” is a better song, though. Not to give too much away but there is a guest singer for this one due to Fat Mike’s inability to sing and play the song at the same time (the guest is Kody from Teenage Bottlerocket/The Lillingtons; ok, I gave away everything).
While the second NOFX live album avoided repeating material from the first, this third one makes no such promise, a good thing because otherwise it would be pretty short – “Moron Brothers”, “El Lay”, “Together on the Sand”, and “Nowhere” were all on I Heard They Suck Live; “Green Corn” was on They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live; and (this only kind of counts) Ten Years of Fucking Up had live videos of the studio versions of “Shower Days” and “Gonoherpasyphilaids”. Teenage Me thought “Gonoherpasyphilaids” was hilarious. Thirty-Something Me still finds it amusing.
Speaking of things Teenage Me liked, how about the new boobs-jugs-balloons doo-wop tag at the end of “New Boobs”? They actually pull it off live! Comparing the songs “New Boobs”, about breast implants and cosmetic surgery, and “Malachi Crunch”, about racist skinheads, show the wide range of lyrical content NOFX can showcase throughout an album. Showing their range musically is showcased in “New Boobs” alone. Moments like the doo-wop tag seem to have been built for El Hefe. So perfect for him is this tag, as well as “Together On The Sand” and the doo-do-do-do-do-doo interlude in “Moron Brothers”, that it’s easy to forget that El Hefe didn’t actually join the band until after the original Ribbed was released. The transition from the acoustic pseudo-love song “Together On The Sand” into “Nowhere” is identical to that on the first live album, which was identical to the studio version. I’ve always loved the guitar lines in “Nowhere”.
Is “Cheese/Where’s My Slice” one song or two? The title suggests two but they’ve never been split into separate tracks. The sarcastic refrain “Where’s my slice? I want more than equal rights. I want everything for free” along with the line “You think I give a shit if you’re a socialist” from “Nowhere” serve as reminders that punk rock’s political views used to be more libertarian rather than the extreme left it generally promotes today (my quoting from “Nowhere”, by the way, is a perfect example of a writer taking something out of context. Feel free to look up the rest of the lyrics).
While there will always be those who violently disagree with me, I will fight to the death in defense of my claim that Ribbed was NOFX’s first good album. Brett Gurewitz produced it (note the Bad Religion-like harmonies in the middle of “Green Corn”), but he produced their first two albums as well, so it would seem the band simply got better. Ribbed is a solid-sounding record, but the quality of indie punk recordings has gone way up since 1991, so even though this is a live recording (made in 2012 though not released until 2018) the sound quality is superior to the original studio quality.
While the sound quality is better, the performance is sloppier, which is often the case for live recordings, though not always – NOFX’s performances of “You Drink, You Drive, You Spill” and “Beer Bong” on I Heard They Suck Live were both better and tighter than their respective studio versions. One excuse the guys, especially Fat Mike, allows themselves is that these songs are harder, apparently way harder than the First Ditch Effort material. Fat Mike begins the album by warning the audience that they’re “going to fuck up a fucking lot.” Before “Shower Days” he says, “everybody watch me; this is hard”. After “New Boobs”, Hefe and Melvin have a playoff to demonstrate how difficult the guitar lick is in the song they’d just played. I haven’t tried to play any of these songs, but I’ll take their word for it – these songs do sound more complicated than, say, “Six Years On Dope”.
Too much talking often prevents a live album from holding up over time; I like blink-182 but The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show is almost unlistenable now. The novelty wears off after four or five listens as the chitter-chatter turns more annoying than funny. I’ve never found that to be the case with NOFX. I Heard They Suck Live in particular still makes me laugh over two decades later. Their crude potty humor somehow comes off smarter than their peers, despite the onstage discussion that Fat Mike, at the time forty-six years-old, started doing drugs when he was thirty-two, so he’d only been doing drugs for twelve years (uhhhh…math much?). Other talking points include the differences between ska-punks and punk-punks, how to distinguish a high five versus a Sieg Heil, the pronunciation of the word “sabotage”, the consistency with which Jews have good ideas, and that the writers of Californication plagiarized a line from “Moron Brothers” for an episode.
NOFX still sounds good despite the drugs and middle-age. Seems like I haven’t heard a great live album since the demise of the original Live In A Dive series, which coincided roughly with the decline in popularity of punk rock. This one probably won’t become a classic the way I view I Heard They Suck Live, but any fan of the band is going to get a lot of enjoyment out of Live In a Dive – Ribbed.
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 1:31 AM (PST) by KCRaniero
The first release from Night Birds since 2016’s Who Killed Mike Hunchback?, this nihilistic track features “King of Punk” Jerry A. of Portland hardcore punk band Poison Idea.
If you’re into music reminiscent of Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, you can check out the new song below.
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:01 AM (PST) by jaystone
This particular version of “All For Nothing” comes from the band’s most recent release, Hold Fast, which features acoustic reworkings of previously recorded Face To Face tracks. Hold Fast was released on July 27th via Fat Wreck Chords. In its original form, “All For Nothing” appeared on the band’s 2011 full-length, Laugh Now, Laugh Later. Check out Face To Face’s upcoming Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions tour dates right here.
I'm not sure if it's the vocals reminiscent of the original singer from UK punk act Drones, or very early days Davey Havok, but something about the new EP from Milwaukee hardcore act Mud Dog is really grabbing my attention. It might be the gang vocals on title track "Strike Back" or the change ups with secondary singers on a few of the songs. Or all of the above. The point is "Strike Back" is worth a listen for any hardcore punk fans, all the more so since it's up for free download on bandcamp.